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News Flash
February 15, 2017
For Immediate Release—Houston Ebony Opera Guild's Christmas Concert

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Release Date: February 15, 2017
Contact: Houston Ebony Music Society, Inc., 713-335-3800 or 713-591-6439, ebonymusic92@earthlink.net

Houston Ebony Opera Guild’s African American Music Gala on February 26
Concert celebrates 75th Birthday of composer-conductor Roland Carter

For the past 25 years, a highlight of Black History Month in Houston has been Houston Ebony Opera Guild’s ANNUAL AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC GALA: A Concert Celebrating the African AmericanContribution to Classical Music. This year’s program will be devoted to the music of Roland Marvin Carter, a leading American composer and choral conductor who turns75 in 2017. Carter, who is highly recognized as an authority on the performance and preservation of African American music traditions, is especially renowned for both his arrangements of Spirituals and original compositions.  His works have been performed by major choral ensembles and orchestras throughout the country.

A special feature of Carter’s upcoming concert with Houston Ebony Opera Guild (HEOG) will be several art songs for solo voice performed by soprano Gail Robinson-Oturu, the concert’s guest soloist. As it has done since his first visit here in 1995, the HEOG Chorus will sing both familiar and new works from Carter’s vast body of choral music.  A. Jan Taylor is responsible for choral preparation of this program; pianists John L. Cornelius II and Lucian Zidaru are the accompanists. Jason Oby is the organization’s artistic director.

Entitled “Hold Fast to Dreams” after the eponymous work by Carter, AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC GALA 2017 will be held at 4 p.m., Sunday, February 26, 2017 at Westbury United Methodist Church, 5200 Willowbend Boulevard at West Bellfort, Houston, Texas 77096.  Tickets price: $30 in advance/$35 at the door.  For a group of 10 or more persons, the price is $20 per ticket. Tickets are available:

  • online at www.houstonebonymusic.org;
  • from Friends of Houston Ebony Opera Guild at 713-335-3800;
  • by phone and by appointment at Third World Imports, 3011 Caroline Street, Houston, Texas 77004 (713-526-1980).

For additional information, please call 713-335-3800 or visit houstonebonymusic.org.  Dr. Jason Oby, artistic director of Houston Ebony Opera Guild, is available for interviews.

The AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC GALA has been sponsored annually by Friends of Houston Ebony Opera Guild (FHEOG) since 1992.  The current chairperson of FHEOG is Linda Hollins.

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Archives
Houston Ebony Opera Guild will present Christmas Concert on December 11.
Press Release December 2, 2016.

  Houston Ebony Opera Guild presents "Lost in the Stars".
Press Release October 1, 2016.

  June 26th Concert Celebrates Centennial of Founder of Ebony Opera Guild.
Press Release June 15, 2016.

  "My Lord, What A Morning": African American Music Gala 2016. Click here to download a PDF of this news release. Press Release February 1, 2016.

  African American Music Gala 2015 - Duke Ellington's sacred works for chorus among concert's highlights. Press Release February 12, 2015.

  Houston Ebony Opera Guild announces auditions for 2014/2015 season. Click here to download a PDF of this news release. Press Release August 13, 2014.

African American Music Gala 2013 - Concert features works of eight Black women composers including Houstonian Lela Anderson. Click here to download a PDF of this news release. Press Release February 13, 2013.

Spirituals, Art Songs, and Symphonies: Works by Black Women Composers - Houston Ebony Opera Guild announces Black History Month focus. Click here to download a PDF of this news release. Press Release January 29, 2013.

Houston Ebony Opera Guild announces soloists for October 7th concert Opera Gems: Staged Scenes from American Operas. Click here to download a PDF of this news release. Press Release October 3, 2012.

Arias, Art Songs and Spirituals to be featured in Ebony Opera’s Concert. Click here to download a PDF of this news release. Press Release November 3, 2009.

Houston Ebony Opera Guild’s Summer Concert: An American Tapestry Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Riverside United Methodist. Click here to download a PDF of this news release. Press Release May 26, 2009.

  Ebony Opera Guild to Hold Annual Concert of Works by Black Composers on February 21 and 22, 2009. Click here to download a PDF of this news release. Press Release February 9, 2009.

Houston Ebony Opera brings PORGY AND BESS back to Miller Theatre. Click here to download a PDF of this news release. Press Release August 24, 2008.

HEO to Perform Ellington, Joplin, other American Composers. Click here to download a PDF of this news release. Press Release July 28, 2008.

Celebrating Juneteenth. Click here to download a PDF of this news release. Press Release May, 2008.


Annual African American Music Gala on March 9. Click here to download a PDF of this news release. Press Release January 8, 2008.


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